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Sep 23, 2013 at 04:04pm IST

Chidambaram is being economical with truth: BJP

New Delhi: War of words continued between Finance Minister P Chidambaram and the Bharatiya Janata Party over country's growth rate during UPA and NDA regime. BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday said, "Chidambaram's statement was a fake encounter of facts."

Earlier in the day, Chidambaram said, "Modi's claim that India grew at 8.4 per cent during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government is false. The average growth during NDA rule was 6 per cent and not 8.4 per cent," Chidambaram added. "I wonder why Narendra Modi should stage a fake encounter with facts."

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The BJP has also objected Chidambaram using the word 'fake encounter'. Substantiating his remark on the growth during the NDA regime, Prasad even quoted 'Economic Survey' which said growth rate of 8.8 per cent was achieved during NDA regime.

The BJP criticised Chidambaram saying, "You are being economical with truth." He also said the Finance Minister is hiding in the law of average to hide their weakness. He also asked the Finance Minister to tell how the growth rate from 8.8 per cent during NDA rule reduced to 4.8 per cent during UPA rule.

BJP leader Yashwant Sinha also came to his party's prime ministerial candidate's aid and hit back accusing Chidambaram of playing 'terrorism with facts'. "Chidambaram is playing terrorism with facts. He has to answer why the growth rate has reduced. During his earlier tenure too the growth rate reduced," he said.

Chidambaram in turn again hit out at Sinha saying, "Facts are indisputable. Does Mr Sinha dispute the numbers? Why should facts terrorise anyone? Why did he not correct Mr Modi's statement?"

Congress leader Ajay Maken too tweeted, "Average growth during NDA (1999-04) was 5.9 per cent; UPA-I (2004-09) was 8.4 per cent, averge growth rate so far is 8 per cent. These are best continuous 9 years growth in Indian history."

Earlier on Sunday, taking a dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Modi had said learned scholars are good only for winning debates. "Growth has come down from 8.4 per cent during NDA rule to 4.8 per cent now," Modi said.